How To Create a Strong Unique & Secure Password

Passwords have become an important part of our life. Everything online depends on logging in to different websites and passwords.

Creating a strong password is very crucial so that your account won’t get compromised in near future. Once your primary account is exposed, it is easier to extract information from all the other accounts because what most people do is use the same email address to sign up for multiple websites. For e.g. we use the same Gmail account to create our Netflix, Amazon, LinkedIn, and other accounts.

Do not Use Common Passwords

So it is important to use a strong password for your account.  The most common ways your passwords are cracked by these hackers are Dictionary attack, guessing, and online cracking. In simpler terms, these hackers have a list of all commonly used passwords and phrases and they feed the list until something fits. They don’t even have to be some hackers. If someone knows you well enough, they can easily guess your passwords.

List of Most Used Passwords

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. monkey
  7. 1234567
  8. letmein
  9. trustno1
  10. dragon
  11. pussy
  12. 696969
  13. baseball
  14. 111111
  15. iloveyou
  16. master
  17. sunshine
  18. ashley
  19. bailey
  20. passw0rd
  21. shadow
  22. 123123
  23. 654321
  24. superman
  25. qazwsx
  26. michael
  27. football
  28. marlboro
  29. scooby
  30. charles
  31. junior
  32. internet
  33. mike
  34. brandy
  35. tennis
  36. banana
  37. zxcvbnm
  38. panther
  39. redsox
  40. 7777777
  41. jaseper
  42. angel
  43. david
  44. winner
  45. crystal
  46. golden
  47. turtle
  48. redskins
  49. winston
  50. giants
  51. packers
  52. newyork
  53. jeremy
  54. 112233
  55. gunner
  56. cocacola
  57. toyota
  58. freddy
  59. rainbow
  60. 987654
  61. alexis
  62. 2112
  63. xavier
  64. dolphin
  65. bond007
  66. member
  67. calvin
  68. topgun
  69. asdfasdf
  70. bigboy
  71. godzilla
  72. williams
  73. jessie
  74. shelby
  75. chevy
  76. broncos
  77. adidas
  78. elephant
  79. explorer
  80. 1313
  81. christin
  82. walker
  83. mustang
  84. shadow
  85. jennifer
  86. superman
  87. 2000
  88. fuckme
  89. fuckyou
  90. ranger
  91. trustno1
  92. lakers
  93. miller
  94. mercedes
  95. yamaha
  96. butthead
  97. iwantu
  98. viking
  99. prince
  100. startrek

So if you are one of those people who use, let’s say ‘password‘ or ‘iloveyou’ then you are already on the verge of being hacked. I cannot stress this enough please avoid using these passwords if possible. Check out the full list of commonly used passwords all over the web to see what are all those passwords.

Use Random Password Generators

Creating a strong password is a daunting task especially when most websites these days are a lot of criteria while creating a password. The password must have at least 8 letters, you cannot use your name or email address as a password, your password should contain numbers, your password should contain special characters, you have not used the combination of upper and lower case, and many more.

It is hard to come up with a password like that sometimes. So there are a lot of random password generators online that you can use for free. Password managers like Dashlane, NordPass, or even Avast have their own random password generators online. But the one that I use mostly is passwordgenerator. This one generates a new and unique password each time.

How To Use Random Password Generator?

  1. Go to passwordgenerator.net.
  2. There is a range of things you can choose from in order to generate a password.
  3. You can choose your password length which ranges from 6 to 2048 letters. Yes, you can create a 2048 character password if you are into that.
  4. You can select if you want to include symbols, numbers, upper and lowers cases, and other special characters.
  5. Once you select what you want to include in your password, click on ‘Generate Password’
  6. The site also gives you tips on how you can remember your newly generated password.

Use Phrases and Play With Your Keyboard

Even if you use common phrases or just your name as a password, mix it up and incorporate special characters and numbers to make it more complicated.

Use Phrases With Codes or Acronyms

  • To be or not to be, that is the question (- from Shakespeare) You can use this as your password as 2BorNot2B_ThatIsD?
  • Humpty Dumpty. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall or HumTDumT_S8OnAW4LL

Replace Alphabets with Similar Looking Number and Symbols

What I mean by this is you can use common words, or even your own name as a password if you replace alphabets with similar-looking numbers and symbols. For e.g. Saul Goodman can be replaced with [email protected].

I replaced S with number 5, o with number 0 and a with @. You can do the same and use the combinations of these symbols and numbers as a replacement for the alphabet.

Use Emoticons

We use emojis daily while we are chatting on Facebook and Instagram but we never think of using emoticons in our passwords. A combination of 101 to 105 keys can be used to create your own unique emoji and it’s totally usable in your password. Just play with your keyboard and use the one you like in your password

For e.g:  8)   8-(  😀  🙂  :s  :/  =(   :0  ;{  :L 

Use Mathematical Equations

Yeah! you read that right. You can use a simple mathematical equation as your password. It will contain all the right ingredients that make a strong password.

For e.g: Seven*Eight=56

Never Share Or Write Down Your Password

It seems like a totally safe and easier way to remember your password by writing it down in your notebook or saving it in your desktop notepad. You don’t even want to share your password with your friends or colleagues or anyone for that matter.

If you are the one who cannot remember any of your passwords no matter what, you can use online password manager tools that are free. This will eliminate all the hassle to remember passwords for all the websites that you use.

Hope you will implement all these tips to create your own strong, long, memorable passwords. [email protected]:)  (You too can create a password)